The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning designs and delivers professional learning opportunities that support educators, leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to deepen their knowledge, build their networks, and grow their careers. The Center for Professional Learning offers Virtual Institutes, Certificate Programs, and a variety of webinars and workshops throughout the year.

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Institutes and Workshops

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The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning’s institutes and workshops bring Penn’s faculty and resources to teachers, educators, and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning programs, you will engage in synchronous group sessions as well as reflect and learn at your own pace. Our institutes and workshops focus on a range of topics related to K-12 teaching and learning, contemporary issues in higher education, leadership, race and equity, and social-emotional learning. Check back frequently for new offerings.


PBL Project Design Sprint

Options: November 2021, and January 2022

This institute is designed and facilitated by members of the Penn Graduate School of Education Penn Project Based Learning Community.

Certificate Programs 

Penn GSE certificate programs are our most advanced and rigorous professional learning programs. Certificate programs extend over the course of several months and offer you a rich, in-depth professional learning experience. If you are a professional who is looking to engage in advanced professional development in a particular area of interest, a certificate program may be the right fit for you. 

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Collegiate Athletics for Senior Leaders

The Collegiate Athletics for Senior Leaders certificate program empowers you to learn what questions to ask (and what answers you need to know) to support a healthy, sustainable, and mission-aligned athletics department. This program is ideal for presidential cabinet members, new presidents, senior leaders, and those who aspire to move into those roles. This institute can strengthen your candidacy with this unique, first of its kind educational certificate.

Health Professions Education

The Health Professions Education certificate program is an accelerated, interprofessional program designed for current and aspiring clinical faculty in our global community who are involved in training tomorrow's healthcare professionals. The program prepares you to design, deliver, and evaluate sophisticated education programs throughout various healthcare disciplines.

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Instructional Coaching

The Instructional Coaching certificate program is designed for teacher mentors, coaches, and instructional leaders looking to develop the skills and tools necessary to create deliberate, collaborative, and flexible instructional coaching experiences for new and experienced colleagues.

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International College Advising

The International College Advising certificate program allows you to develop your capacity as an international college counselor to better advise your students who are seeking higher education experiences outside their home countries. Developed by faculty at Penn GSE, this program is the only comprehensive college advising program designed for international college counselors.


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Project-Based Learning

The Project-Based Learning certificate program is designed for current educators who strive to create rich, meaningful, and rigorous learning experiences through student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Developed in collaboration with the Science Leadership Academy, the Workshop School, Inquiry Schools, and EL Education, the program leverages the educational expertise of Penn GSE’s faculty and some of the most skilled and experienced student-centered learning practitioners from across the country.

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Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education

The Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program is designed for higher education professionals looking to deepen their understanding and develop their leadership on historical and contemporary topics related to inclusion, justice, power, and privilege in higher education settings. 

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Strategic Leadership in Education

The Strategic Leadership in Education certificate program provides a sustained, rigorous, and cohort-based leadership development experience that empowers you to embrace your leadership role with purpose, confidence, and skill.

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Custom Programs

Penn GSE works with organizations, networks, and systems to design and deliver custom professional learning solutions that draw on the unique resources, research, and faculty of the Penn Community. Contact to learn more about our custom programs.

Interested in taking one or two courses at Penn GSE? Apply for General Admission and Non-Degree Studies.

Our Faculty

The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning engages with teaching faculty from Penn GSE, Penn, and beyond. Our teaching faculty bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our programs, and work hard to cultivate a collaborative professional learning community.

The following are some of the faculty who teach within our professional learning programs.

Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Karen Weaver
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Ed Brockenbrough
Associate Professor and Calvin Bland Fellow
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Sigal Ben-Porath
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Penn GSE Faculty Rand Quinn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Pam Grossman
Dean, Graduate School of Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Sharon M. Ravitch
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Marsha Richardson
Senior Lecturer and Director, School and Mental Health Counseling Program
Psy.D., Widener University
Penn GSE Faculty Angela Duckworth
Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, Penn Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Abby Reisman
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University

Contact Us

Contact us at

Zachary Herrmann
Executive Director

Yang Lin
Assistant Director

Alana Elkins
Assistant Director & Portfolio Manager

Sara Goldstein
Operations Manager